Low carb success story of splendulescence: Meet Anne

Anne took care of business like she does her lucky patients!

Anne is a dear friend of mine and the brilliant blogger behind CarbTripper, a fun double dose of healthy living and some amazing imagery Anne shoots with her camera.

Anne says:

I first started counting at 205 – 210 when I started blogging – a full two months after I started low carbing. So add another 15 – 20 pounds on top of that. I never really weighed, so I don’t have an “official” starting weight. I didn’t even own a scale! But I’ve gone from a 2X in scrubs to a Medium. Almost ready for a small…. Almost! And size 48 (men’s) jeans to 32.  Size 24 women’s blouse to size 14.

Wow! Pretty amazing, no? Whether or not she knows her starting weight, you can absolutely see the difference in Anne’s pictures, and those speak for themselves over what the scale says anyway, right? What especially inspires me about Anne is her fun attitude as well as the kind of work Anne selflessly pursues: hospice nursing. If you’ve ever had a loved one in a hospice, you know the dedication, devotion and care that goes into the job of caring for families in their most difficult hours. Anne faces so much difficulty and emotion, and has shown through her great attitude and resiliency that she is able to stick to her health goals and not wallow in a pint of ice cream.

From a women’s 2X to a medium, now the girl has to put rocks in her pockets to keep from blowing away in the wind.  Find out more about how my fun-loving friend has overcome difficulty to fall into a plan she never intentionally began… and how like the true cool hepcat she is, she kept on going! And be sure to send her some love in the comments below.

  • Name: Anne
  • Age: 50
  • Height: 5’2″
  • Weight Lost: 80+ pounds and counting.
  • Exercise: Mostly walking, stretching, and rebounding. (You know – a baby trampoline!) Sometimes ride my bike – even indoors – it’s on a trainer. Resistance bands, and isometrics for toning. Even a little P90X when ever I can.
    About me: I live in the DFW metroplex. I am a Hospice Nurse. I trained for Nursing in the US Army – and went to the first Gulf War – so many years ago! 
    Lifestyle change story: Two years ago in March, 2009, I went on vacation. Drove to California – from Texas. On the way back, I got stuck in a massive blizzard! Had to stay in a little fishing lodge in the Grand Canyon for like a week, while the storm passed. Got stuck in Santa Fe, NM for a few days, as well. The highways were closed, and they couldn’t even pump gas if I had been able to leave….. no electricity!
    All told, I spent almost two weeks incommunicado – with no power, and now way to cook.  Just beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs, canned tuna, things that didn’t need to be refrigerated or cooked.  I also had protein shakes every day. And I walked!  I hiked for hours every day.  Hours – not miles.
    When I got home, I had dropped an easy 15 – 20 pounds.  I had a little suntan, and my friends actually thought I had gone to a weight-loss spa, or had surgery! Nope – it was just Accidental Atkins Induction! So I chose to make the best of it. And I have never looked back!
    I even named my blog CarbTripper  – cuz my LoCarb Life started after taking a trip! That, and the Beatles / “Day Tripper” — it took me so long to find out, but I found out!
    Journey and success: Even at my  heaviest, I never vowed to “lose weight once and for all.” I just fell into it! I have been able to take a very casual “wait and see” approach to dieting and LoCarb. It leaves me with a fresh clean slate every day!
    Biggest obstacle: My own ego gets in my way. I find the LoCarb Way Of Eating to be so effective, it is almost effortless for me. I am not used to the compliments I get – and having that “head turning” reaction! 
    Biggest help: Without a doubt, Blogging has been my biggest help. The power of the people of our weight-loss blogging community – it is overwhelmingly positive, and life changing! I have met many bloggers in real-life, and feel like I have known some of them forever. We formed life-long friendships through blogging.
    Kitchen gadget: I am just now learning to cook the LoCarb way. Re-learning everything! So it’s all new to me! 
    Advice: Don’t be afraid to try new things – new way of living, and ways of thinking. You might find something that you would have otherwise overlooked…. a part of yourself that you can love – and didn’t even know you had!

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  
    As you can see, Anne is all that and a bag of low carb chips. Her enthusiasm and outlook on life are so infectious (mind the nursing pun). I love how she fell, accidentally, into the Atkins pond before she even really realized what she was doing. Knowing her, she took out a raft and paddled about in it, too, having the time of her life. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us, Anne! Your patients and their families are so fortunate to have such an incredible woman with so much positivity and caring  at their side during their difficult times. I’m also proud to call you friend.
    Do you have a similar story? Whether you’ve overcome a health problem, a weight problem or just life’s problems with your healthy lifestyle, would you like to share your experience with Your Lighter Side and reach thousands? If so, be sure to email me at YourLighterSide at gmail dot com! 
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    1. Anne is the best. The BEST! I check her blog every day, and she is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. She is so supportive of others too, you can find her comments all over the blogosphere. Plus she is so creative – and funny — and honest. And her photos are great, too! You go, girl!

    2. Thanks for your awesome writing!
      Such a shout out!

    3. Michele Chastain says

      Awesome and inspiring story! And now I have another blog to add to my list! 🙂 Thank you.

    4. niptuckbill says

      Congrats Anne,
      I'm going to check out your blog right now 🙂

    5. Loved the story about Anne. I know she is a sweet woman – just didn't know she is such a good friend of yours.

    6. Yay Anne! 🙂 I'm happy to have been able to know her through her blog as well. She definitely is a sweety and has made such and amazing change.

    7. I've been following Anne for quite a while. She really is awesome and her blog is so much fun.

      But I found your blog from Oct's blog. I just started on a low carb diet about 2 weeks ago, and am happy to have found yours now.

    8. My Metamorphosis~ says

      Anne sounds like one cool chick! I am off to find that blog of hers. Thanks for this great post!

    9. I love how flexible Anne is in her approach… not afraid to tweak it, to try new things, to experiment. And all with her typical quirky sense of humor!

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